Born Before 1980?

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in
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You"re probably a lot tougher than the coddled kids of today.
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Female 251
the only thing i have in common with any of that is i play outside more often than most my age. I don`t really play videogames or even watch tv that much. i can go weeks, even months with no technology and i do so very often. i learned to get around lack of technology because i spent ages 4-8 years old living at my grandmother`s house who had no computer or tv and i wasn`t allowed to use the phone. the only reason i`m not outside now is because it`s FREEZING out there, and it`s late. but other than that i`m a wimp compared to the older people.
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Female 250
I can remember when the transister radio was invented and the 1st calculator and digital watch. We all were awestruck! Times have surely changed.
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Female 2,927
im am a 70`s child. the thing of the whole peice is what didnt kill us made us stronger. its called natural selection. kids are pansy assed now awadays. let them try to live before x box and cable.
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Female 125
Born in 87 we did most of these things. I spent my days climbing trees, making up games with the neighborhood kids and riding my bike from morning till "the street lights came on" I`d come in for lunch and that`s all my mom needed to know that I was safe. I`d get into fights, fall off stuff, and get cut, bruised and beaten. It`s a part of growing up. I`d watch TV in the evening and maybe some ninetendo, but going outside and playing was always more fun.
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Female 8
*not impressed*
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Female 106
Hmm, the reason kids after the 80`s couldn`t do that stuff is because all those `hard` people out there stopped us from being able to. They may be `harder` than us, but they`re incredibly over-proctective and worrying. That ain`t something to be proud of.
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Female 401
ummm ya that stuff still happens today...
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Male 1,590
I blame the parents. Problem is, they`re from my generation. :-S

Harry(Born in the summer of `69)Balszak

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Male 1,590
I blame the parents. Problem is, they`re from my generation. ;-/
Harry(Born in the summer of `69)Balszak
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Female 1,382
90`s kids are HORRID creatures. (even if I am a `93 baby)
80`s kids are awesome!
Stuff j00 author.
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Female 43
Ern.. I`m only Nineteen and did 98% of the things listed.
What a stereotypical generalization of youth.
Yes, I get the point behind this, ` YAY for when kids played outside` etc... but they still do.


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Female 74
So I got both worlds; circumstances change, and it`s a shame that not all kids can grow up like I did, or like other kids who come from societies where men don`t stop to try and pick up young girls, and where the children are taught that they need to fear everything they come into contact with. It`s not just children, either; the media directs its fear-mongering at everyone. It`s sad, really.
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Female 74
I just actually read through the thread and decided to post a more intelligent response. :-) Someone said that where you live is a determining factor of how you`re raised, and I know that to be true, from experience. Growing up in East Texas, we got into trouble all the time, and did things that would shock most city people. I moved to San Antonio when I was thirteen, and everything was SO different. I stopped going outside so much, because once I left my street, I was close enough to the highway for men to start honking at me, and slowing down and trying to get me in their cars. Once I got to high school, if I had actually done all of my homework (I didn`t, because I always hated homework), it would have been six or seven o`clock already. I didn`t hang out with the other kids in my neighborhood and the apartments by my house because none of them liked me; they thought I was weird, and they didn`t want to be around me.
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Female 74
I grew up in East Texas, where the way kids act is the same, generation after generation. I once threw a baton into my friend Chris` bike spokes, and got in trouble for breaking the baton. Also, my cousin tried to teach me how to ride a bike by holding onto the seat, then letting me go after a couple of running steps; I always ran into the same tree, every time. Always got back up, kicked the tree for "getting in my way," and would wheel the bike back, get back on, and try again. :-P
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Male 425
A great way to harden someone; let them live thier entire life as a virgin, and let them gripe about it until they figure out why. You`ll have a transformed psychopath in 20+ years.
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Male 425
"I cant read this whole thread of people bitching over being called a bitch."

People bitch all the time about being called a bitch; however only a bitch can be allowed to bitch about being called a bitch, in a bitchy manner. Life`s a bitch, and so are these people; so stop bitchin`.

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Female 120
yeah...i was born in 1992, and i still did a lot of this stuff...i live right by a woods, so we played back there plenty, we caught crayfish in buckets, we dug holes to ramp our bikes off of, we played with sticks, we built forts out of fallen trees, we busted some jaws and heads open, and played in the mud puddles when it rained. Once, we were running around after dinner, and i threw up on the side of the road...i felt fine afterwards so i just continued playing. All this is a just an updated version of the rant every generation gives to the newest generation, which many of you have already said...actually, i just like reminiscing...ahhh the good old days...
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Male 3
With many parents of today focusing so hard to create a perfect child, the child will not have some, in my opinion, needed bad experiences to make themselves stronger and upright, able to compete in this ever changing world called LIFE. After all overcoming failures, hardships, and feelings is something humans have to tend to, overcoming these feelings as well as building upon them bring I think a better self esteem and outlook on life than those who have never experienced such heartaches. Parents that cuddle their children only want to prevent those heartaches or take it for them which I think is a grave parenting mistake. That’s only my opinion. So, I feel with today’s technology, coupled by some poor parenting choices created this society we live in today. I think the technology makes people feel safe and in control of their current busy life, a little bit of a paradise to all the worlds troubles. Great now I sound like Dr. Phil… not my intention here lol.
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Male 3
and of course if dint fit lol
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Male 902
I cant read this whole thread of people bitching over being called a bitch. So I`ll quote B-hazard:

`lol...every generation is going to see the next generation as weaker.

You guys from before the 1980`s are calling us lame when people from the 1950`s think you`re f*cking pussies.`

The most truth ever, right there people.

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Male 3
Lets see here I was born on March of 1990. Mmmm... I did about 3/4 of that stuff posted. God I love the line "Strengthening Families with Quality Software" What I find most striking are the parallels of today`s culture to of what Ray Bradbury`s novel Fahrenheit 451.
I firmly believe that my parents (both born in mid-50’s) to of other old baby boomers is that they seem to be obsessed with preventing their misfortunes to their children. (normal I know) But, with such obsessiveness, they seem to be inadvertently over protecting their own children. With children raised as cuddled beings they see all these warnings/fears that their parents warned them about differently. (Because the parents have actually experienced it themselves, the children can only guess or simulate what is explained to them.) With many parents of today focusing so hard to create a perfect child, the child will not have some, in my opinion, needed bad experiences to make themselves stronger and uprig
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Male 577
yep some of that happend or what my dad did
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Male 2,781
GODDAMN THAT TOOK LONG!

OK I FOUND THIS http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/buckycovi...

IT`S CALLED

A DIFFERENT WORLD BY BUCKY COVINGTON

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Male 2,781
I WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO, ONLY GETS LIKE 5 STATIONS DOWN HERE.

ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS COUNTRY SONG PLAYING ON THE RADIO AND THE LYRICS WERE VERY SIMILAR TO THOSE OF THIS POSTING

ANYBODY KNOW THAT SONG? LET ME GOOGLE IT...

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Male 5
Well I watch the Helicopter parents right outside my work every afternoon picking up their spoiled kids. God forbid they walk or ride a bike home. I feel for them they will have a hard time adjusting to doing things for themselves.

I was born in 74 we did have Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. So gaming and computers was around but hard to find.

Each generation thinks this of the previous. I remember the elders preaching the same bullpoo about us when we were through oranges at cars.

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Male 425
Oh right... Almost forgot.

A.D. Actuall is Latin for Anno Domini. Year after the Accepted Date of Christ`s birth.

This country is screwed. I mean, if the time of Christ is actually referred to caveman days; no wonder we`re at war with the Middle East.

:Beatsdown King Ducky for being such an idiot with one of his "clubs":

Apparently, you`re as smart as a caveman.

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Male 425
King Ducky; you numbnut. Do you even know what AD means?

I don`t recall Christ ever using wooden clubs or being a caveman. Sure, he was a child back then; but he was THAT far, according to your context, into the past.

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Female 1,395
The tragedy is that it isnt any more dangerous for your child today than it was b4; its ppl PERCEPTION that has changed and that is tragic. It seems that instead of seeing a stranger as a potential friend, ppl see strangers as potential threats or inconveniences.
And yes, there will be individuals who believe them selves uneffected by the modern climate, but the stduies and statistics (evidence) shows that in general, there is a societal shift. And you cant ignore that. We are developing in a certain direction and it isnt good.
Ha! im such a doom monger - i love it.
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Male 5
what a knob
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Male 203
Ill wait for the cave man version
if you were born in 2AD we played naked with wooden clubs and picked each others hairs. Had sex without condoms and had 13 wives

damn 20`s to 70`s kids were so spoilt with their radio`s, skateboards and excessive amounts of marijuana

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Female 239
I wasn`t aware that blue cheese dressing and tuna from a can were hazardous to the health of womb-inhabiting fetuses, but what the hell.
We all know those medieval bastards were way tougher than people born before 1980 anyways.
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Female 272
I think this guy is missing the point, that as time passes on, especially in Western civilization, the quality of life will go up.

Is he trying to say that we younger generations are overprotected? I wouldn`t call protection from birth defects OVERprotection...

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Male 115
i was born in 1990 and i did more than 3/4 of those things
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Female 1,398
king duckey is right, that author was just complaining. i`ve been growing up in the 90`s and 2000`s, and i`m fine. i wouldn`t go file a f*cking lawsuit against someone if they poked me, like MOST people today that grew up in the 50`S, so i`m better than most of those people.
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Female 3
Kleiner that points already been made...
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Female 15
This article is REALLY unoriginal...it`s from a Bucky Covington song...it`s called "Different World."
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Female 836
Well, children, I was born in 1961 and have fond memories of my mother driving at 100mph (before the speed limits went down to 55mph, then back up a bit) and NO SEAT BELT!!! and no one even thought to question it!

I also remember hearing things like "We grew up with a radio and no TV!, We didn`t have all of your new-fangled toys, We didn`t have air conditioning!, Well brought-up girls never did... (it was a BIG long list of what nice girls would NEVER do)

So, every generation does this to the younger ones, relax!

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Female 105
Hooray for 1986
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Male 693
True ska2590
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Male 693
What the hell? I`m not babied AT ALL. And I was born in the 90`s. This is so stereotypical. I`m pissed off, and whoever sits on their ass on the internet all day is a weirdo fatass. Yes, there are most kids out there in the 90`s and millenium years that are very babied and spoiled, but not all of them.
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Male 238
Please. It`s the same for anyone who doesn`t live in the city, and it`s better for them. Did you live next to a river? An ocean? Could you climb trees and eat their fruits? Could you go hunting?
NO. And... Oh, yeah... 99% of you are dead. Hah.
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Female 1,470
This list is sooo true. Its going in my favs for respects.
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Male 203
haha the author is such a retard that he/she has to go plagiarize someone else`s work

great, nice one oldies.
*adds plagiarism to list right next to pedophilia*

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Female 3
Ok this is one hell of a gay post just because of this reason (don`t ask how I know buttt) its like someone decided to quote american idol. Bucky Covington, one of the loser idols. His song? Different world http://www.metrolyrics.com/a-different-w... Geez people get your own damn material!
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Male 2
well... seeing as the people described in this little post are the poeple who raised the kids of the 90`s who are supposedly spoiled... that would make them hipocrits in a way.. becuase when you were a kid you didnt have cel phones and you went outside and you were fine, but now you are full grown adults and do not feel safe walking around with out your little connection to the rest of the world and you give your kids one too... some of the stuff makes sense.. like eating normal.. non diet foods beucase you played all day and the majority of kids do not do that today.. but you also have to take into account the much larger amount of pressure put on kids today with school work.. which ruins their social lives and makes it hard for them to find friends to go play with all day, if you are a parent and you agree with all of this stuff then go lay your baby belly down in a dangerous crib covered in lead based paint. it is not the kids fault they were born into a more aware society
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Female 501
okay everyone is saying this generation created rapists, perverts this generation created murderers blah blah. But...shock horror these trates are found in every generation, its not my generation vs your generation. everyone has gotten a little silly about this.
i must say i did the whole outside play thing when i was a kid. (i was born in 84) and hell it was fun! then around 2000 everyone jumps on computers. so things have changed, but there really isnt anything anyone can do about it. apart from GET OFF THAT BLOODY COMPUTER AND GET SOME SUN like i am going to do right now! :-)
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Female 23
NotAllowed, I was just about to say that. This article is so stupid. Yes, maybe we`re babied more now, but we live in a different world, where hitchhiking actually is dangerous and there are many more people out there looking to kidnap kids. I don`t know about where the rest of you live, but around here, there are wayyyy too many drug deals, hookers, and shootings to let kids outside unsupervised.
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Female 1,407
That author`s tone sounded like a grumpy old nun. And for the record: Born mid-80`s, partly-raised by my born-in-the-depression grandma for 2 of my childhood years, raised in the 90`s. And to think, I experienced almost half of that list! :->
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Female 1,944
so are you saying im fat and dont have friends?
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Female 690
Everyone I knew played outside until about grade 7 (around 2000) that`s when computers, msn mesenger, internet, etc. became popular. It was a sudden change almost overnight and then everyone sat at their computers everynight talking and got cell phone and mp3 players.
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Male 203
see those parents that were born in the 30`s 40`s 70`s whatever turned out to be perverts, pedophiles and murderers

no wonder were turning into a bubble society, stupid hippie pedophiles wrecked out way of life

thanks a lot retards

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Female 2,552
DICEMAN, omfg I`ve had that idea for like a year! Freaaaaaky..
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Male 339
I was born in 80, siblings all born before me... and the majority of these do not apply to them.
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Female 2,552
NOTALLOWED, that`s so fcuking true lmao!
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Female 2,552
Thanks, now I feel even worse about the decade I live in.
Ugh.. I wish I was born in like 1958 or something.
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Male 207
well why can`t we say our opinions, this article pretty much did exactly the same thing, biased opinion
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Male 189
Yep, I knew the 13-17 part of the forum would be like "Eh, f*ckoff, we`s cool!!1!LOL!"
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Male 207
sure maybe i`m a `sissy` and too `protected` but reallyi think growing up in times of terrorism and viruses and disease isn`t really the sissiest thing. Curse those parents for sheltering their kids from west nile, shame on them. And hey maybe i was overprotected as a kid, but really, at least i was always comforted and never beaten and i never had to question if i was cared for. I dont think kids are any more pathetic now than they were before. But hey, im just waitin for my turn to relentlessly insult younger generations til my face turns blue in the distant future.
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Female 77
Almost describes my brothers childhood.
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Male 31
I don`t know being born in the 80`s I did all that stuff.

the 90`s kids I believe were more sheltered from society

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Male 306
sorta reminds me of Hong Kong when i was 8 before I move to US. sadly, i never enjoyed the outdoors b/c of pressure and stress (yes we has stress since when you go to elementary/primary school in HK, dam those teachers). Yet, i`m not overweight b/c i use public transits and walk to school. lol bb guns for 10th birthdays.
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Male 336
yawn, since everyone is giving their life story about this, I might as well give this a shot.

KIDS ARE RAISED TO BE DOUCHEBAGS. By all means, blame the parents. My parents are so overprotective it`s sick. I can`t even walk home anymore because they worry thats it`s too far and some other BS excuses. Honestly, If I could go through these experiences I would. dratING OVERPROTECTIVE PARENTS. when I`m a parent, I swear, I`m going to make my kid hardened. :)

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Male 336
No fudgeing sht.
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Male 80
It sucks for me because I`m in the retarded sissy generation, and I am the only smart kid (who still has social skills) that I know... Maybe I am being a bit exaggerated, but it pisses me of how drating coddled todays youth is. I grew up in the 90s (In Canada) and I got all kinds of hurt. I broke my foot, fell off a big ass skate ramp onto some rocks when I was 4... Then again, I am just used to the poohole that this world really is so maybe that has made me live in the real world rather than ignorant bliss land.
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Male 2,510
this is such bullpoo, its far worse now. No really im not even going to humor this.
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Male 42
Your generation also produced the child rapers which deterred children of our generation from playing outside. Thanks 70s and before!
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Female 114
Stupid nostaligia
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Male 132
"Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn`t it?!" Yes it does! *death*
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Male 2
Was this a joke?
Bucky Covington, a country singer, did a song called Different World. The song is almost the same as this? Which came first? Search the song and you will see what i am talking about.
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Female 706
.......but just think about all the people born before 1980 who ARE NOT here today because of all that. There are reasons why we don`t let our kids go out and be roaming the streets all day. There are reasons why we don`t smoke or drink while pregnant.
Duh, not everyone was harmed by this stuff, but there are tons of people who didn`t make it because of something like mom leaving the meds out on the coffee table and junior opened them and took them.
But yeah, I can see why it`s not that bad to live in a world where parents side with the law and don`t whine a lot when their kid doesn`t make a baseball team and such stuff like that.
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Female 1
Think about it, the author is a whiner. People born in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s had a hard time but the generations before them probably thought they were a bunch of spoiled self-centered kids too. Kids born after 1980 might have to deal with more poo than the generation of the author when all those hags die off.
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Female 269
It`s a different time! Thing`s change!!

Also, Who do you think is bringing up our generation to not leave the house w/o a phone, to use all the safety precautions, and buying them game systems which they play all day? the children who grew up in the 60`s, 60`s, and (maybe) 80`s!!!

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Female 576
i`ve read this before & thought it was cute.

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Male 11
Baaack in my day we didn`t HAAAaAAAaaAAVE the internet. And we had to walk up hill to school both WAaaaAAAaaaays.

*snooore

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Male 2,781
AAAAAH THE GOOD OLE DAYS..
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Female 89
I just want to say that all the kids who were born before 1980 are the parents of today and are the ones who are making the children `weaker`.
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Female 365
Well considering the people saying all this are the ones bringing up the current children... do i smell hyprocrite?
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Female 2,084
i wish i was one of them.
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Female 87
One thing I don`t see mentioned:

The only reason less kids are outside during the day is one of a few reasons;
1) Kidnappers. I have quite a few living in my neighborhood, and I`m sure other places do too.
2) No adult supervision. Parents don`t like kids running in the middle of the street with a huge semi behind them.

I dunno. The tone of this thing sucks. I grew up fine and I was born in the 90s.

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Female 63
Hm, interesting. I was born in 1991, yet a lot of those things applied to me. I`m not sure whether my mom was just living in the past too much, or if she figured it was a good idea, or if that tennis ball and stick that poked my eye out got me a little too hard after the lead paint in my crib. ;)
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Male 315
I was born in `91, and thankfully my parents never spoiled me. I`m 15, and I have have no cell phone, iPod, or otherwise. The most my parents ever gave me at once was $100 to start a soft-drink buisness, and I paid them back. All this flesh lumps that go to my school whine because their parents won`t buy them the latest electronic, and I think they need to toughen up.
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Female 363
-_-; Not all kids stay in all day. Most of these reasons are retarded.
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Female 5
well i was born in the 80`s, i have done plenty of that stuff. and i agree with some of the people here...its mostly us middle/lower class people that have done most of the stuff when we played outside all day!
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Male 774
yeh... agree with king dickey
probably a disgruntled old man who is grinding on to attempt to shame some rebellious youthfull kid of his who didnt listen, who is happy and he is not. look at all the retarded old people who lived like that and who are running our lives today. all the politicians... explains the stupidity of the situation, stupid people who rolled in lead based paint now control our gov.
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Male 541
piss off stereotypical old people assuming we spend the entire day indoors playing videogames and on the net. I for one am out almost all the time and the only time im on the net is at school, to go on i am bored when im bored and do homework like most kids my age.

# First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
# They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn`t get tested for diabetes.
# Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
# We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

Retards...
(sorcery)

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Male 43
I highly dought its anymore dangerous now than it was back then.

The difference nowadays is we gots the TV. And the TV says theres strangers in dark corners drooling and jackin it just waiting to jump some innocent bystander.

Theres a reason why most of us havent been jumped by this fellow. Because he largely doesnt exist. Im not saying dont be careful, just dont be naive.

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Male 325
id rather be here then back then
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Male 73
sorry but after reading this I`d still rather be living now...
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Male 32
they had all the luck
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Male 506
"We did not have Playstations, Nintendo`s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD`s, no surround-sound, CD`s or Ipods! No cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......
"

Looks like they didn`t have any grammar teachers either.

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Male 1,039
^^^The average age of little girls that play with Bratz is freak`n 7 years old.
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Female 354
I think people have a need to idealize the past because they don`t want to deal with the future. I am also against forgetting the past. Something about "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." We need a happy medium between the two.
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Male 1,039
LOL

Take a look at the dolls that they are marketing to 5-12 year old girls right now.

BRATZ....(might as well call them Slutz)

If you let your little girl play with these, that`s just irresponsible..period. Well, unless you want her dressing and pretending to be like this now??!

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Female 1,784
well i don`t agree with the way this person wroght it, but I kinda get the point, kids would ride bikes tell night time and skip rope all day, my friends 6 year old has her own myspace!!
so I see the differnce, and I do agree that its gotten really retarted now to the point kids don`t bike anymore as much, they dont climb tress as much they seem to all have cell phones and sit in the house all day, not all but alot, and this is what I see. And then parents complaine and wonder why there kids are lazy and fat. or even slutty! seeing 12 year olds in short mini skirts for example. I see that all the time! I was born in 85, I miss the wold days were kids woar huge puffy dresses with bows that sparkled and sweaters with kittnes on the that had dimonds for eyes. Even i made mud pies, but the kids that are now, the 6, 10, 14 year olds I find are less outgoing, but thats just my opinion.
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Male 143
Oh and if you think that people from the 90s arent tough, wanna fight? This obviously came from the hippie generation
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Male 143
And they also raised a generation with spoiled little children saying oh every things okay sweetie because their parents never said that to them so then they became psychologist to solve their own problems, and lawyers to solve child neglect problems because they were neglected. And i dont know if you remember your the ones who raised a "spoiled generation".
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Male 1,825
god its so ovious some grumpy old as*shole wrote this
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Male 1,114
You are teh ghey
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Male 85
Born before the 80s? That`s rather alot of people but for the sake of argument let`s consider that this person is yabberring on about growing up in the 60s and 70s.

Think 60s and 70s were tough? Try 1890 birthday areas, or 1910-ish. You would be in a war son. They made plenty of cool stuff at those points too ya know, maybe that would be better. Oh and tell me about, well you know, everything before that cuz I`m sure they had it easy to and only did things like create the foundations of western civilisation more than 2000 years before you were born (among other things)

Literally one of the most stupid, pointless reads I`ve had in a long time.

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Male 2,958
lol...every generation is going to see the next generation as weaker.

You guys from before the 1980`s are calling us lame when people from the 1950`s think you`re f*cking pussies.

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Male 11
think its funny how they said they had no video games when pong the second video game ever mad came out in 1972 along with the atari coumpany
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Female 7
myabe if the generations before 1980 stopped making the world such an unsafe place to live in we could go out all day long too! i hope i can be this much of a pompus ass when im 20 years older!
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Female 321
"kinda makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn`t it?"

lol
and i agree with King Duckey and NotAllowed

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Male 104
newbie 4 sale does have a point, 80s and lower are the smartie pants that have americans in the war on making bushs friends rich.
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Male 104
Yeah,Old people constantly talking trash because media puts every teenager to be a either a drug-taking, club going, unprotected sex having maniac or a nerd computer gamer that goes into his school firing weapons at fellow students over music or the overused excuse of getting bullied. Yeah so tired of old people trying to make there lives seem rediculously hard.
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Female 182
I deleted my 992 word post. Basically, it said clean up the parks and streets and make it safe outside again so kids can play outside to their hearts content. And stop giving first graders homework! Is it really gonna catch up with them by the time they take their SATs or keep them from going to college?
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Female 235
I was born 1990. i wish i did most of that stuff. life sounded way more fun back them.
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Male 144
born in 1985 to po for nintendo......I can not relate to my generation. there a bunch of pussys
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2,767
1982, does that count?
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Female 362
No the true babied generation in they 2000 kids. They are spoiled. Atleast 90`s kids didn`t have cell phones are the age of 6.
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Female 102
Well, people born before the 80s are the ones responsible for all the messed-up poop that`s going on today. I bet if bin laden grew up addicted to world of warcraft, he wouldn`t be so fond of terrorism.
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Female 1,412
Oh yeh and Shellbell12 is right. The `tougher` people born before the 80s are now murderers, THAT is the reason we are all restricted from having some good old fashioned fun. So don`t say we are not tough when it is the older generation that cause us to be in this situation in the first place.
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Female 1,412
If you were born before the 80`s, you are now seen by todays generation as old.
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Female 12
I like this article but i dont like some of u guys calling peeps born in the 90`s stupid and not tough!!! I was born in the 90`s and I still do half that stuff!! Drinking out of a water hose, playing all day and eating fat foods and still NOT overweightt, no nintendo play station.......... and other stuff! (although i obviously have a computer)and sharing a drink wit 4 friends! And the reason some of that stuff we cant do now is because now u cant trust anybody! There r so many more murderers, rapists,...........! The world has gone crazy!!!
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Female 1,832
I bet Paris Hilton didn`t live like this, lol.
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Female 2,761
LOLOMGWTFBBQM8
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Female 85
oh and it was a lot safer back then to just let your kids go out and play, now we have crazy murderers and pedos, and all that other poo.
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Female 85
i dont like this, not because im one of those "babied children from the 80s" because i wasn`t. But those kids from back then are today`s parents and government, and if youre saying that "todays parents will bail you out of jail" then those were those kids from back then.. i dont know i know im not making sense but im making plenty of sense to myself. this was retarded.
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Female 2,761
1983... this was me... yes atari was around but I was outside day in and day out. Now a days I only see kids outside with a DS in their hand
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Male 2,199
I was born in 1990 and i gotta say, i did like almost all that crap, yes we build a go cart, yes we invaded our friends parent`s homes whenever we wanted, we played dodge ball with tennis balls, and so on and so forth, but i have to agree, about 8 years ago or so things got rathar sluggish and people started to be more entertained by Playstations then with outdoor games... :`( OH and we made a fort in the woods all out of furniture we got from dumpster diving! woot
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Female 670
That actually sounds exactly like my life before I turned twelve, minus my mother smoking/drinking and the lead paint.
So suck it!... I kid, of course.
:] Anyway... Yes, I think that every year, kids are more pampered and they get more stuck-up. There`s a big difference, even between when my brother was in high school--about seven years ago--and when my other brother started Freshman year--four years ago.
... I hate kids today.
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Male 189
"like the risk takers before my days, I didn`t depend on low-fat, or tofu-based products, or safety equipment, or sterilization as much as everyone else. Guess what; I suffer no allergies, have an adamant immunity system (all but the common cold, seeing as that`s a check-up illness anyway), and I can handle just about anything you toss my way with my head held high."

Yeah, I`m like that too, and I do think growing up on the countryside helped A lot. And I`m not a hillbillie or redneck (our own kind of rednecks) for growing up near farmanimals and all. Hell, I even speak four languages ^^

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Male 1,039
I was born in `82 and I experienced almost everything on that list. I`m just glad I got to see the development of computers and video games. It`s amazing to see the difference between what I played on my Atari and what I play on my Xbox 360 (at 24..lol). My wife, and soon to be mom, even plays video games. Heck she beat Need for Speed:MW, all 1000 achievements. The next day we worked on things outside. It`s the best of both worlds!

I still had a dirt bike when I was kid, wrecked plenty, and built forts outside with my brother in the woods. I use to buy a bag of candy for 25 cents at a store with my mom and I collected old baseball cards. We also played outside without any worries and I use to stay out till after dark. It really depends on where you were brought up..maybe this guy just thinks things were a lot different...but really the mid to late `90s are where most of the changes came. I do think a lot of kids today are overprotected..hopefully my daughter can run around freely.

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Male 7
Aren`t the same people who ruffed it back in the day the ones to blame for kids sitting inside all day playing video games, turning snow white and tubbing up? Wouldn`t the "...explosion of innovation and new ideas." consist of x-boxes, ipods, and things to make life easier? What pissed me off and triggered me to write about this was the following quote: "And while you are at it, share it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were." Instead of just telling the kids, how about getting them off their hind-ends and helping them to experience some things of the past to make them tougher in the future!
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Female 1,395
how did ppl `get more intelligent`? wtf...if anything its the opposite; culture is being constantly dumbed down.
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Male 21
This is the most patronizing piece of poo i`ve ever read.
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Male 1,406
Go back to bed, grandpa.
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Male 72
Oh, cry me a f****** river, so people got more intelligent. "Oh, we never had that stuff." So, we advanced, get over it.
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Female 1,395
unwilling to deal with adulthood.

I saw a program the other day about a woman who owns a fashion boutique. She was selling novelty t shirts for kids and one of them said `all daddy really wanted was a blow job`;
THIS is the society we have created for ourselves in the west and i dont see a hell of alot to be proud of. The ppl we routinely reward and elevate have no moral grounding or virtues. We teach our kids that the world is full of perverts and it is, but the perverts are us; the majority, who have created an over sexualised, lazy society of entitlement.
We worship money and aesthetics and we wonder why our kids grow up to be depressed, lost and demoralised.

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Female 170
Which is why the death rate today is much lower.
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Female 1,395
I was born in `79 so i just qualify and i have deffo noticed the gradual change. It coincided with changes in the media and the way `News` was reported. I feel sorry for kids growing up in the west today. Compared to generations of yester year they are over protected, ill disciplined and socially retarded. They are molly coddled, but by the age of 13 -14 they are being blamed for the ‘new’ ills corroding our society (anti social behaviour/ drug and gun related crime). The things that parents fear most (violence/paedophilia) is no more likely to happen to your child than it was 30-40 years ago or more and the biggest threat to children is still far more likely to come from a family member than a stranger.
Whats harming them is the things parents do to `protect` them. The paranoia only increases as they reach adolescence and kids are now turning into teenagers prematurely and remain so untill well into their 20`s because they feel ill equipped or unwilling to deal with ad
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Male 148
Are they bragging about their lack of childcare?

And their tell me that their mothers drank and
smoked in the same page.

Haha.

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Male 95
diceman`s got a point...but this stuff still happens, its just that the "airbag culture" of today has changed things a bit
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Female 44
It`s interesting that most comments are from those born after 1980....how come your so offencive?
Anyway; We, the children of the 70`ies are the ones who impose restrictions on our children growing up today..probably because we`ve learnt from a couple of mistakes made by our parents back then...?
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Female 53
[quote]On 6/5/2007 6:30:52 AM Karen_Lumb wrote: I was born in 88. I did quite a lot of stuff they wrote. Nowadays there is a bit of a nanny state going on, but isn`t it up to the parents how they treat their children? Isn`t it weird how the generation they were talking about living in this world of eating mud and such, are the parents of this generation?[/quote]
No...it`s not weird. The author`s saying that it`s THE PARENTS of this generation who are messed up (threatening lawsuits, over protective, etc.)

And even though the author`s generalizing to make a point, he/she`s pretty well dead on for the most part.

By the way, this is way old. I saw this in an e-mail like 5 or six years ago.

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Male 1,204
well... i was 92 and i still did most that stuff, probably because of being a low class status
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Female 28
I was born in 88. I did quite a lot of stuff they wrote. Nowadays there is a bit of a nanny state going on, but isn`t it up to the parents how they treat their children?
Isn`t it weird how the generation they were talking about living in this world of eating mud and such, are the parents of this generation?
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Male 80
I think the author is a very funny man. The problems he is referring exists, but it is a generalisation. It`s just funny to read. I`m still young and I already have problems with behaviour that I see on the streets so I can imagine someone of his age has a hard time coping with all this.

IDEA IDEA:
Would it not be cool to shut down ALL electrics for a week or so. (and I know this cannot be done due to millions of reasons but imageine)

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Female 53
It sounded to me like the finger was being pointed at the parents.

I have girlfriends who are moms, and they`ve been so brainwashed with "sunscreen this" and "kidnappers that" and "air purifiers the other" that I`m surprised they don`t have their kids in plastic bubbles.

Somewhere between "their" generation and "our" generation, a culture of fear and self involvement took over.

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Male 203
NotAllowed :D how true
The author is a total prick, typical old person generalizing an entire generation. Always complaining :P
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Male 2,372
^^Ouch!

Sweetie! "Thay" ??

Oh well, to your point, I think that the author was making no bones about the fact the he/she was criticizing his/her generation, now that they`ve become parents.

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Female 526
he forgot to mention that "thay" are the parents of those who were born after the 80`s, so i say...
STFU!
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Female 345
Almost all "western civilizations" turn their citizens into sheep. Sheep are much easier to control.

Everything is regulated, controlled and you are under surveillance 24/7. If you have the least bit of resistence left in you see what your voice is worth to "them". Seen demonstrations around the G8 meeting? 1 policeman for 1 demonstrator ... Sheepdogs and sheep. Intimidation of democracy at it`s best.

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Male 2,486
I was born in 1990 but I still did alot of that stuff, the stuff regarding being outside all day with friends from ages like 5-13.

Then all that faded one day, about the time Doug and Rugrats went off TV :(

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Female 333
The best way to raise a kid is to beat them when they deserve it, let them get hurt on their on, protect them only when they`re totally incapable.
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Female 165
I dislike the tone of this article. The author seems too self-righteous and full of himself: typical older person condemning younger generations for being "soft" and frivolous. Although I agree with some points, I must say that I was born in `89 and I grew up in much the same way as the pre-80s kids did.
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Male 425
--Er generation.

Ah screw it; You know what I mean. If you don`t, then you probably haven`t been raised right.

Attention is good and all, but get pamered too much, and you`ll become soft. In sense of "skin"; I`m practically exo-skeletal. Living a life of hell has hardened me to the extent that... Chuck Norris would get worried.

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Male 425
I`m a child born from the 80s, and raised during the 90s; and I am just as tough as these hardened adults.

Believe me, I was raised well. I was allowed to take risks. That`s good parenting there.

Todays generations, as well as half of my generation (80s born and 90s raised) are too sheltered and as dumb and easily manipulated as sheep. That`s all that this country`s been being turned into now. Sheep. Well, I may be one of them, but I`m a black sheep. Raised in a similar environment, but I am not one of them. (Psychologically-wise)

Oh, and try this on for size; because, like the risk takers before my days, I didn`t depend on low-fat, or tofu-based products, or safety equipment, or sterilization as much as everyone else. Guess what; I suffer no allergies, have an adamant immunity system (all but the common cold, seeing as that`s a check-up illness anyway), and I can handle just about anything you toss my way with my head held high.

Yeah; this country has turned to crap.

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Male 4,546
Problem with today is none of that.

It`s a complete lack of empathy. People treat their kids like they`re the center of the universe and they grow up believing it.

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Male 643
The author sounds jealous for some reason.
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Female 226
A lot of this stuff still happens...
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Male 4,546
"Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes."

Very many? You`ve only got two...

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Female 97
Bleh.

My gramps actually had his eye poked out with a stick when he was a kid.

That warnin` is for serial, folks!

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Female 327
God am i that old. Time just seems to creep up on you when your not looking.
But i have to say i actually did all of those, and thinking about it now it was GREAT. I will definitely show this to my kids, who have all the new technology at the finger tips and still moan:-)
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Male 59
hmmmm i wish i was
an 80s kid....
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Male 188
Hmm, I was born in `78 so only about half of these apply to my childhood. We did play an awful lot of backyard baseball with a tennis ball and aluminum bat, but when Nintendo came out in middle school we played Techmo baseball instead. Does Commodore 64 count as a personal computer?
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Female 173
I was born in `87 and did most of that stuff too. I agree about the 90s kids, they`re the most babied of all. Kinda scares me to think of how they`ll deal with the future o_O...if they can even make it to that.
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Female 986
I was born in `89 and I did a bunch of that stuff or had that stuff happen to me.. what a difference a year makes though... 90s kids... can be simply atrocious
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Male 129
I hate the government baby sitting all of us. Don`t wear seatbelts? Fine, just as long as your on the organ donar list!

You leave your medicine bottles open and alow your kid to poison himself. Fine, fewer kids for you, humanity`s genepool is better.

Drop your kid on the ground? We always need more artistic people.

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Male 52
its funny my history teacher was just talking about how uninteresting his life has been, maybe I`ll show him this...
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Female 168
live long the hippies!
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Male 908

# First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
# They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn`t get tested for diabetes.
# Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
# We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

Yea...all those would just make the kid more retarded then stronger haha ..

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Male 90
its about damn time! show these kids wat it was like!
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Male 10,115
Link: Born Before 1980? [Rate Link] - You`re probably a lot tougher than the coddled kids of today.
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